Fresh platforms: Chart Art Fair reveals new Design section for 2016

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Chart Art Fair was launched in 2013 by five Copenhagen galleries, who got together with a view to changing the contemporary art fair scene. The event has since expanded to include 28 participating galleries. Eschewing a traditional booth format, Chart has been developed as an exhibition, with the founding galleries acting as curatorial figures to present a harmonious selection of works
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The Copenhagen-based Chart Art Fair has been championing Nordic contemporary art and galleries through its neatly curated programme for four years now. This year, the fair is doubling in size, introducing Chart Design, a new venture that expands the network and scope of the event, offering a new level to its celebration of the region's culture.

Chart Art Fair was launched in 2013 by Galleri Susanne Ottesen, Galleri Bo Bjerggard, V1 Gallery, Andersen’s Contemporary and David Risley Gallery. The quintet got together with a view to changing the contemporary art fair scene, offering a new experience to visitors, gallerists and buyers.

The event has since expanded to include 28 participating galleries, which every year get together in the charming environs of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. Eschewing a traditional booth format, Chart has been developed as an exhibition, with the founding galleries acting as curatorial figures to present a harmonious selection of works.

A similar format will be applied to the Design fair, which launches with the next edition this coming August. Six leading gallerists will come together to present the best in contemporary and classic Nordic design. Participating galleries to the debut edition will be Denmark’s The Apartment, Dansk Møbelkunst and Etage Projects, Swedish gallery Jacksons, Finland-based Juhani Lemmetti and Parisian gallery Galerie Maria Wettergren, which specialises in Nordic design. The compact but varied design branch of Chart will pay tribute to regional design heroes such as Alvar Aalto and Tapio Wirkkala, as well as contemporary names on the international design scene – from Michael Anastassiades to Fredrik Paulsen and Muller Van Severen.

Breathing new life into the fair scene, this combination of art and design will introduce a fresh chapter for Chart and strengthen the platform for art and design across the region. 

Galleries

Participating galleries to the debut edition will be Denmark’s The Apartment, Dansk Møbelkunst (pictured) and Etage Projects, Swedish gallery Jacksons, Finland-based Juhani Lemmetti and Parisian gallery Galerie Maria Wettergren

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Classic and contemporary pieces

The galleries will present a curated selection of design from the Nordic region, including classic and contemporary pieces. Pictured left: side table by McCollin Bryan from The Apartment. Right: 1940s sconces by Palle Suenson, presented by Dansk Møbelkunst

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Chair

Helsinki-based gallerist Juhani Lemmetti will represent Finnish design. Pictured here: unique chair, by Yrjö Kukkapuro

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Brown color chair

A chair by Alvar Aalto, also part of Juhani Lemmetti's offering

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Local ceramics

The Finnish gallerist also represents local ceramicist Kristina Riska

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Small interiors

Copenhagen's The Apartment will show a diverse range of works by the likes of Muller Van Severen, Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Michael Anastassiades

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Chiavari bench

'Chiavari bench', from The Apartment

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View of apartment

A view of The Apartment. The gallery was opened in 2011 by Tina Seidenfaden Busck and Pernille Hornhaver, presenting 20th century furniture, contemporary art and design in the charming setting of an 18th century apartment in Christianshavn

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lacquered glass

A Danish expat in Paris, Maria Wettergren represents designers such as Tora Urup, whose creations in frosted and lacquered glass are beautiful investigations of shape, colour and material

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Maria Wettergren's roster

Maria Wettergren's roster includes Eske Rex (Divided Self, a work from 2015, pictured left) and Astrid Krogh (Ikat II, from 2011, right)

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Copenhagen gallery

Etage Projects, a Copenhagen gallery, will bring works from the likes of Fredrik Paulsen, as pictured 

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Chart design

Another participant to Chart Design is Jacksons, a Stockholm gallery (with a Berlin outpost) dealing in Scandinavian and international design from the 20th century with a focus on Nordic classics

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Chairs

A selection of chairs from Jacksons: Gio Ponti's 'Superleggera'; 'The Chair', by Hans J Wegner; 'Pantonic Chair', by Verner Panton; a garden chair from the 1820s; and 'Peacock Chair' by Hans J Wegner

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Ceramics

Jacksons will also bring a selection of ceramics: pictured here, a detail of Wilhelm Kåge's 'Surrea Vases' series

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Showcasing furniture

Another view of Stockholm's Jacksons, showcasing a selection of furniture by Alvar Aalto

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INFORMATION

Chart Art Fair will run from 26–28 August. For more information, visit the Chart Art Fair website (opens in new tab)

ADDRESS

Chart Art Fair
Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Nyhavn 2
1051 Copenhagen

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.